Buchtel Student's Recovery and Future Plans

Long Journey Leads to Graduation
Posted on 05/29/2020
Image of D’Ayshunah KindThank you to Children's Hospital for their care and for this story.

D’Ayshunah Kind’s high school graduation is an accomplishment that goes beyond GPAs, scholarships and big future plans.

And while the coronavirus pandemic has altered traditional graduation ceremonies, that can’t take away what this amazing young woman has achieved after suffering an anoxic brain injury in middle school that took away – temporarily — her ability to walk and talk. Danah, as she’s known to family and friends, is now a proud graduate of Akron’s Buchtel High School Class of 2020 with a GPA of 3.4.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell what she’s been through,” said her mother, Lamia Singfield.

Danah had been diagnosed with asthma and had a few hospital stays but otherwise was a healthy and active child. In November 2012, she had a severe asthma attack that put her into cardiac arrest. Lamia was at work, having just started a new job, so her husband, Andre, quickly responded and drove Danah to Akron Children’s emergency department, which was fortunately just a 10-minute drive from their Akron home. She stopped breathing en route.

“It was traumatic,” recalled Lamia. “She was lifeless and a nurse just took her. Seven minutes had passed by, she was gone for 11 minutes and it took 11 minutes to resuscitate her. By the time I got there she was going to the PICU.” Read more of D’Ayshunah's story here >>.

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